Filling out a W-4 is less mind-boggling than you think.
One of the first things you have to do when you get a new job is fill out a Form W-4 [Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate]. It is essential to complete a W-4 correctly because it determines how much tax will be withheld from your pay and how large your tax refund will be.
The first half of the form is pretty easy. You just have to fill in your name, address, and marital status.
Then you have to figure out how many allowances to claim. This number will determine the amount of your withholding.
Number of allowances to claim
Generally the number of allowances you should claim will correspond to the number of personal and dependency exemptions you can claim on your tax return, but this is not always the case. Claiming zero allowances will result in the maximum amount of tax withheld. Every additional allowance you claim on top of that means that a little less tax is withheld. (more…)